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Kate Forsyth


The Starthorn Tree

The Wildkin's Curse

The Starkin Crown

The Puzzle Ring

Two Selkie Tales from Scotland

Kate Forsyth is the internationally-bestselling and award-winning author of more than 30 books, translated into 15 languages. She has been named one of Australia's Favourite 20 Novelists.

I have wanted to be a writer for as long as I can remember. I was writing stories and poems from the time I could first hold a pencil and I wrote my first novel when I was only seven.

I think it's because I have always loved books so much. It doesn't matter what is happening to you in your own life – books are a magical gateway to other worlds and other times. For a while you walk around in someone else's shoes, and you travel their journey of discovery with them. For me, books are a true kind of magic.

When I first began dreaming of being a writer, I imagined myself writing the sort of books I so loved to read. Books that were filled with wonder and adventure, mystery and magic. As a child, I always thought I would write for other children, and now my dreams have come true and I write for both children and adults.

Five Things You Couldn't Know About Me:
  • I've struggled with a stutter all my life
  • My favourite colour is the blue of a summer sky
  • My favourite foods are smoked salmon, lobster, caviar, my mother's pâté (and chocolate!)
  • My favourite things to do are read, write, swim in the sea, walk in the country, and travel the world with my family
  • I've kept a secret diary since I was twelve years old – I have a whole shelf of them in my study!